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Gold Prices Unable to Capitalize on US Dollar Pullback

Gold Prices Unable to Capitalize on US Dollar Pullback

2019-01-18 05:00:00
Ilya Spivak, Sr. Currency Strategist


  • Gold prices locked in place as bond yields and US Dollar diverge
  • Crude oil prices rise as EIA says inventories fell most in 6 weeks
  • UofM US consumer confidence data may prove unusually potent

Gold prices failed to find fuel for a push higher in yesterday’s US Dollar pullback. The benchmark currency’s weakness appeared to reflect ebbing haven demand, tracking inversely of a parallel rise in stocks and bond yields. That left the non-interest-bearing yellow metal stuck, with the upshift in lending rates countervailing any upward momentum that might have come from anti-fiat demand.

Crude oil prices rose after DOE crude oil inventory data showed stockpiles shed 2.68 million barrels last week, topping forecasts calling for a 1.49-million-barrel drawdown. That marked the largest outflow in six weeks. Traders might have been primed for a smaller decline, amplifying upside momentum as markets repositioned. Tuesday’s leading API data foresaw a relatively meager draw of 560k barrels.


Looking ahead, the University of Michigan gauge of US consumer confidence stands out on the economic calendar. With so many key statistical releases delayed by the US government shutdown, investors are almost certainly pining for any timely read on the precarious fundamental backdrop. A larger deterioration in sentiment than expected might touch off another risk-off sweep across financial markets.

Crude oil looks understandably vulnerable in such a scenario, with the WTI benchmark likely to succumb alongside other pro-cycle assets amid any significant bout of liquidation. As for gold, it might remain locked in place as yesterday’s trading patterns mark an about-face reversal. Indeed, risk aversion has scope to weigh on yields but also to encourage US Dollar gains.

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Gold prices remain pinned below the $1300/oz figure, struggling to make good on a bearish Dark Cloud Cover candlestick pattern but likewise unable to mount a meaningful advance. Support is at 1282.27, with a breach below that targeting the 1257.60-66.44 area (former resistance, rising trend line). Alternatively, a move above resistance in the 1302.97-07.32 region sees a minor barrier at 1323.60, followed by the pivotal top in the 1357.50-66.06 zone.

Gold price chart - daily


Crude oil prices remain range-bound below minor resistance at 53.39. A break above this barrier confirmed on a daily closing basis exposes the 54.51-55.24 area. Rising past that puts 59.05 in focus. Alternatively, a move back below the 49.41-50.15 region sees the next layer of support in the 42.05-55 zone.

Crude oil price chart - daily


--- Written by Ilya Spivak, Currency Strategist for DailyFX.com

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